Mouthpiece to lips, how often do you relax and reset?

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  1. SteveRicks

    SteveRicks Fortissimo User

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    Interesting question. I probably keep mine set in place longer than most during rests because I play with the "dry, grip" method vs. the wet slippery method. Like to know everything is in place before the passage starts. However, I was playing in front of a guy who played lead for both BB circus and the Ice Follies. The only comment about my playing he made is I need to immediately relax the embashure on rests. He seemed to think that relaxing helped endurance, even micro rests.
     
  2. Jerry Freedman

    Jerry Freedman Piano User

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    The Caruso stuff is practice room only, not for playing
     
  3. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

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    This is a highly variable timing or function. I usually readjust after each phrase, so it depends on the phrase. But it is good to replace a set point often to prevent muscle from fatiguing. I mean if you lay in bed in one position too long, stress ulcers begin to happen.
     
  4. gmonady

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    In terms of setting the embouchure, my answer is a question: How long does it take to fire a gun?
     
  5. dcpritchett

    dcpritchett Pianissimo User

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    I think removing the horn to a rest position when possible has benefits. It allows relaxation of arms and shoulders. It allows the neck to relax and increased blood flow to the lips.
     

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